Do you ever find yourself wondering whether to sleep in or drag yourself to sweat it out at the gym? Well, we’re here to put all your doubts to rest. Apart from the obvious benefits of exercising, recent research proves that exercise makes you really happy… like even happier than money! Well, I’ll be damned ‘coz my cardio constituted just shopping! *wink*
On a serious note, working out and releasing those endorphins does satisfy you more than earning truckloads of money. Recently, researchers at Yale and Oxford collected data about the physical behavior and mental mood of over 1.2 million Americans. They analyzed the pattern and published cross-sectional research in The Lancet Psychiatry, proving the exercise theory.
All the participants were asked to answer one question: “How many times have you felt mentally unwell in the past 30 days, for example, due to stress, depression, or emotional problems?” They were also asked about their income and given an option to choose from 75 types of physical activities -- from lawn-mowing, childcare, and housework to weight lifting, cycling and running.
The researchers came to the conclusion that those who were regular with their workout routine felt bad for about 35 days in a year while those who didn’t exercise were observed to have gone through 58 bad days approximately. Based on their answers and income levels, the researchers also found out that physically active people feel just as good as those who earn nearly Rs. 17,38,000 more per year than them.
In conclusion, a person would have to earn quite a lot more for his/her earnings to yield the same amount of happiness that exercise generates. Alarming, isn’t it? Just remember that running after money is not the kind of cardio you want to do.
So what are you waiting for? Switch off your laptop and take a hike around your park. I think we just got a million reasons+1 to incorporate regular exercise into our schedules.